By Christiana Ekpa
Senate yesterday Mandated it Committees on Interior and Employment, Labour & Productivity to investigate through a Public hearing all the allegations on the Abuse of Expatriate Quota by Foreign Multinationals and report back in one month.
The directive of the senate followed a motion sponsored by Senator Andy Uba (Anambra South) on the “Abuse of Expatriate Quota by Foreign Multinationals”
He Noted that, the Immigration Act, Cap 11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 conferred on the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Investment Promotion Council powers to grant expatriate quota to companies seeking to employ expatriates in Nigeria, among other functions;
“Observes that the same Act mandates such operators to apply and receive approval from the Board of such multinational companies before making any application for expatriate’s quota approvals to the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs or any other agency of government charged with the responsibility;
According to him, such approvals are usually for 2-3 years renewable and limited to four (4) expatriates in the first instance;
“Aware also that approvals are to be granted as a result of non-availability of experts locally in the position to be occupied.Aware also that the objective is to fill up inadequate supply of manpower, train local manpower, attract foreign investments and transfer of technology
“Observes that in recent times there has been avalanche of complaints of improper application of the above stipulations;
“Worried that the unemployment ratio is on the rise daily and still some Nigerian outfit are alleged to have in their employment over 300 expatriate in positions that could be filled by Nigerians;
“Convinced that this is a gross abuse of our laws and total disregard of government effort in providing employment to her teeming unemployed youths,
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki in his remark said the motion was a straight forward one and urged the committee to report back to senate in one month.